COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Autum Garrett planned to wear red shoes to her brother's wedding in Cincinnati, her co-worker Amanda Burns said Monday. Burns loaned them to her ahead of the big day; everyone at their workplace, Burns said, was excited to hear about her trip when she returned.
Garrett died before she could wear them.
"It was like a snuff -- boom -- she's gone," Burns said. "It's like you can't believe it."
Garrett, 22, was killed in a Saturday morning shooting that also injured eight other people, at a "gender reveal party" for a pregnant friend. According to witnesses, two men burst into the celebration and opened fire on the attendees. Garrett became the first person murdered in the area since 2015; her husband and two children were among the people injured.
"She was all about her family, her little family," Burns said. "(Her children) were her world and so was her husband. They were teenage sweethearts and just loved each other."
According to a GoFundMe page established by Garrett's cousin Ashley Hamilton, the family now faces a sizable package of medical and funeral expenses alongside a devastating emotional loss. Donors have raised around $2,000 to cover some of those costs.
For Ruby Jones, another coworker, the saddest fact in the entire incident is that Garrett will not be able to watch her children grow up.
"As a mother myself, that is the worst, worst thing I can think of," Jones said.
The Colerain Township Police Department has six detectives assigned full-time to finding the shooters, according to department spokesman Jim Love.
Police asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. Tipsters can remain anonymous.